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Macarena (arr. Reed)

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Bernardino Bautista (adapt. And arr. Alfred Reed)

Subtitle: La Virgen de la Macarena

General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (or Flute III)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work is the concert version of the most famous of all pieces associated with the bull ring, La Virgen de la Macarena, arranged as only Alfred Reed can. Playable equally well indoors or outdoors.

- Program Note from publisher

Anyone who has ever been to a corrida (bullfight), either in Spain or in Latin America, has probably heard the same music during the course of the ballet-like entrance of the various participant in the bullfight, concluding with the entrance of the hero of the day, the matador himself.

The music usually used for these bullfight ceremonies isI taken from an unlikely source. It is an arrangement, usually featuring a trumpet solo, of a piece by an obscure composer, Bernardino Bautista Monterde, which is homage to one of the many national Holy Virgins, this one in the Spanish town of Macarena, La Virgen de la Macarena. Usually the statues of the Virgin Mary that are special to a particular town or area are carried, on various Christian Holy Days, through the street of the town for the townspeople to see and admire, and are then taken into the local church or cathedral for a special Mass. Thus the music is processional in tyle, befitting the carrying of the statue of the Virgin through the streets.

Its almost university use in bullfights was probably due to two aspects of the music. First, its processional nature, accompanying the entry of the participants into the bullring. Second, it would seem fitting that a work relating to the Virgin Mary be used to bless the participants in the ensuing contest, and keep them safe from great harm.

It is rare for a composer to gain worldwide recognition through a single work, but just this happened to Bernardinio Monterde. Even though hi name doe not appear in music encyclopedias, textbooks or biographical dictionaries, his music has become very familiar to those millions of spectators who have become bullfight aficionados, as well as countless others.

- Program Note from score by Raymond A. Barr

NB: The word "virgin" is spelled virgen in Spanish, virgin in English.


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Monterde, B.; Reed, A. (1992). Macarena: La Virgen de la Macarena [score]. Birch Island Music Press: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Perusal score